Posts Tagged ‘Tips & Techniques’

Crazy for crimping!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I decided to create a new header for my blog.  It’s actually a close-up of my Quilled Rainbow Fish that I made for display at Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow.  Not only does this fish show the beauty of crimped strips of paper, but it show the incredible colors of quilling paper we offer!  Earlier this year, I added 6 new colors!

We have new shaded mix packs and paper sheets!

Our newest tool, The Deluxe Crimper, is hot!!  Kids love it and there are so many different ways to use crimped strips.  The tool has two different sized crimps, fine and course.  It can crimper paper strips up to 3/8-inch or 9mm.

Roll a crimped as is OR sandwich the crimped strip between to flat strips of paper.  Be sure to roll the paper gently so that the crimps don’t flatten out.

For a quick and easy jewelry project, roll a few different strips of crimped quilling paper.  Then glue them inside our jewelry pendants or rings!  Pearls are my favorite, but gems will definitely bring out some bling!

This fish pendant shows the new shade of oranges.  I’m in love with these colors!

Enjoy!

Alli

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“Quilling Flowers” in time for spring! Giveaway! WINNER is…

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Where has time gone?  Well, I back sharing ideas with you and inspirational projects!

I’m excited to show you the next book that I’ve written, “Quilled Flowers” published by Lark.  A lovely mixed of projects for all types of quillers and crafters.  It definitely was a huge project to work on since I tried to cover all different kinds of flowers.

You can see more pictures and my interview here!

*** GIVEAWAY! ***

So I do feel guilty for not blogging for almost a year…yikes!  So I’m giving away an autographed copy of the book and some other freebie stuff (quilling paper, jewelry pieces)!

Post a comment by end of the day on April 1st and I’ll randomly pick a winner! (No foolin’!)

Good luck!

alli

********** WINNER  ************

Lavina was picked by the Random Number Generator as comment #18!

Lavina

Congrats Lavina!

(Please send me an email at alli@quilledcreations.com)


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Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Easter is coming and what a sweet way to give out candy treats! The pretty colors in this little flower pot makes me think of spring! And oh how I can’t wait…snow is melting here – finally!!


I really love miniature techniques because you can make so many different three-dimensional objects with paper strips. I prefer using 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide paper because it’s more “forgiving” when I shape my pieces.

If you remember, I did a similar project like this last year with pictures, “Easter Basket“, but this time I have a YouTube video! For those of you who don’t like reading instructions (like me!), this video shows the “3x Tucking Rule” that I write in all of my 3D Quilling Kits. I showed this at CHA, so it only has text and music.

Enjoy!

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Calorie-Free Quilled Cupcakes

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

NEW! Cupcake Treasure Boxes!

Cupcakes are so popular now.  I love watching the TV show, Cupcake Wars, with those crazy cupcake challenges.  Well, for a guilt-free cupcake version, try this NEW quilling kit.

The “Cupcake Treasure Boxes” quilling kit includes quilling paper and instructions to make 6 different cupcakes that are good enough to eat. Be sure to get a MiniMold tool to help with the cupcake tops…yes, another cool quilling tool…keep reading this post!

MiniMold Tool

In addition to the jewelry kits, I also introduced at CHA a new tool called the MiniMold! I can’t make miniatures without it!  It shapes my flat tight circles into neat and evenly shaped domes…so all you perfectionists out there are going to fall in love with it!  No more looking all over the house for a marble, golf ball or digging through my kid’s toy box for a rubber ball!

It includes 12 different dome shapes and it fits in our double-sided storage box.

Here’s a handy chart that lists what dome to use with the paper strips.  Note: The quilling paper lengths or “full-length” are about 16-inches which are Quilled Creations paper lengths and thickness. I recommend using 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide quilling paper for making 3-D shapes.

Dome  =  Paper Length/Number of strips
A = 8-inches (20 cm)
B = 16-inches (40 cm) or full-length QC paper strip
C = 2 full-lengths
D = 3 full-lengths
E = 4 full-lengths
F = 6 full-lengths
G = 8 full-lengths
H = 10 full-lengths
I = 14 full-lengths
J = 16 full-lengths
K = 20 full-lengths
L = 24 full – lengths

I’ll be posting a YouTube clip on how to use the MiniMold later this week! Stay tuned!

Thanks!

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Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Finally, our NEW Jewelry Quilling Kits!  ”Romantic Roses” and “Modern Waves“ Necklace quilling kits! The “Romantic Roses” kit won the Top 20 Innovative Product at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show!  Quilling is finally gaining popularity and some well-deserved attention!  People were amazed at what you can do with strips of paper!

The kit makes two pendants! I found a wonderful clear glaze that not only helps bond your paper to the pendant, but it leaves a nice thin coating over your quilling. “Crystal Coat Glaze” is so much fun to use because it spreads easily then hardens the quilling like it’s porcelain. It’s so cool! A little tube goes a long way too!

The pendants are lightweight and 1/8-inch (3mm) deep. Imagine ALL of the possibilities you can quill in these pendants! Check out  our jewelry supplies!

Here are more pictures from CHA!

Demoing the “Romantic Rose” Necklace at the TOP 20 Innovation Event.

We found out that we were selected as the TOP 20 Innovative Product ONLY a week before CHA.  So, the crazy quiller that I am, I made over 100 of these pendants to giveaway! They loved them!

Here’s your own personal demo on how to make them! Enjoy!

Check out my other videos from CHA on YouTube!

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Quilling Paper storage solution!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Now that the school year has settled in, I’m finally catching up on blogging! I often get asked how I store my quilling paper. Trust me, it’s not an easy task when it comes to keeping quilling papers organized! I’ve used different methods, but this seems to work fairly well. Plus it looks so pretty when the papers are altogether!

First, I highly recommend keeping your quilling paper in the package because it’ll keep your papers from creasing or tangling. I like the 17-inch length of our Quilled Creations papers because they stack neatly side-by-side and they fit in those standard storage bins with drawers! (Also, majority of my designs use strips 16-inches or less!  The extra inch on the paper lengths allows you to tear off the ends – a good quilling technique!)

Use a binder ring and feed it through the hole in the packaging. You can find these at your local office supply store.

Use one ring for all of your colors or several rings and group them by like colors.

Next, use scissors to cut an opening though the bag.  CUT ONLY ONE LAYER of the bag. Avoid cutting to the bag’s edge or it might rip completely from the label. If it does happen, then just reinforce the cut ends with tape. You only need a hole big enough to pull one end of the paper out.

Detach a quilling strip from the inner layer (see photo). Pull a strip out and detach it from the other end. Simple! No kinks, no bends, no tangle! (Technique Tip: Once I have the strip out of the packaging, I immediately tear off the ends or the padding glue that might still be on the paper ends. You want to have a feathered torn end so when the paper’s end is glued to the coil it will look seamless!)

With multi-colored quilling packs, I use zip-lock bags or the 6″ x 9″ bags that our kits are stored in.  I try to keep like colors together.  It doesn’t always happen, especially when I’m in a rush to take some quilling paper on a trip or for a class. But the bags helps store those loose strips of quilling paper.

Another tip to hold your mixed/multi-colored paper packs (or papers from a quilling kit), is to fan the paper out and use a binder clip at one end of the paper. At the other end, cut or tear off the glued ends so that the strips are all separated.  Then when you need a certain color, you just tear if off the binder clip.

Hang all of the papers so that they are within easy reach.

Hope this gives you some ideas for an organized craft/quilling area!!

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Kaleidoscope Flowers – Quilled Card Project

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Our Circle Template Boards are finally back in stock!  So as a celebration, I designed this “Kaleidoscope Flower” card project that shows you why it’s such a useful tool! Here’s an incentive to get one…a 10% off coupon for our tools! Order online and use coupon code: EM5K (expires May 31, 2010, retail orders only).

If you want to stretch your creativity, then see how many things you can make with one of our “Sampler Quilling Paper Packs“. These 8-inch lengths of rainbow goodness can go a long way!  I use them for classes and give them away at trade shows. With just three Sampler packs you can make these kits, “Flower Sampler” or “Quilt Block Sampler“.

- 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide Quilling Paper – Sampler Paper Pack

- Slotted or Needle tool

- Fine Tip Tweezers

- Circle Template Board

- Square Window Tri-Fold Card

Other Supplies:

- Glue

- Green leaf pattern scrapbook paper

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) To make the kaleidoscope flowers, you’ll need 8-inch lengths of:

- RED SHADES: 3 Crimsons, 3 Reds, 3 Blushes

- YELLOW SHADES: 3 Deep Yellows, 3 Yellows, 3 Pale Yellows

- PINK SHADES: 3 Fuschias, 3 Pinks, 3 Pale Pinks

- PURPLE SHADES: 3 Grapes, 3 Purples, 3 Lilacs

You could use shades of greens or blues too!

TIP: Tear the ends of the paper.  The feather or torn end will leave a more seamless look when you glue the papers together.

2.) Glue the 3 different colored strips together, end to end, by placing a small amount of glue at the end and overlapping the second strip.  Use the board to keep them straight across and press them together. For example: Crimson to Red to Blush.

3.) Roll the paper strip and place them in a Circle Template Board to make them all uniform in size. Glue the paper’s end to the coil. ** Notice I rolled two strips the same way, starting with the darker color…then the last strip the opposite way, starting with the lighter color (or vise versa) **

4.) Pinch your coils into teardrops or marquises (see finished card photo). To make “pretty” teardrops or evenly pinched coils, use the following technique!

LEFT PHOTO: Hold the coil with the paper’s end (arrow) is facing out.

CENTER PHOTO: Pull the center of the coil over to the side so that the coils are evenly spaced.

RIGHT PHOTO: Pinch a point at the paper’s end while the center is held off to the side.

5.) To make the stem, use four 4-inch (10 cm) strips of FOREST GREEN. Fold each strip in half and roll the ends outward.  Place glue near the fold and press together.

6.) Mount the green printed scrapbook paper behind the window card. Place your quilled pieces inside the square cutouts. Here are two variations I came up with.

7.) Glue the pieces down with tweezers.

I could spend an hour fiddling with these pieces!  So many possibilities.

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Eat Your Veggies, please!

Eat Your Veggies, please!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I hope you had a nice mother’s day.  My mom is an amazing cook!  She definitely shows her love through her incredible homecooking.

For me, as a mom of two young children, I think my kids will only remember me saying “Please, eat your veggies!!!!” at every meal.

This adorable veggie-printed papers came from Cookbookin’.  I met the owners of Cookbookin’, Patricia Fletcher and Keri McCafferty, earlier this year at the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow.  We were all excited about how their papers could compliment some of my quilled designs!  They even have recipe cards, stickers and stamps to match!

I’m hoping to play around with more of their fun designs.

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

- Square Window Tri-Fold Card

- Slotted Tool or Needle Tool

- Fine-Tip Tweezers

1/8-inch (3mm) Quilling Paper: purple, brown, orange, leaf green, moss green, red

- Circle Sizer (on cork or foam board)

- Scissors

Other Supplies:

- Cookbookin’ Scrapbook Paper: “Eat Your Veggies”

- Adhesive tabs or double stick tape

- Pins

- craft glue

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

1.) On the backside of the veggie-printed paper, trace the square window cutouts from the tri-fold card.

2.) Use a ruler and exacto knife to cut out the squares.

3.) Attach the printed paper to the front of the tri-fold card with double-stick tape or adhesive tabs. Don’t use glue or it will wrinkle the paper.

4.) OFF-CENTERED CIRCLE TECHNIQUE (EGGPLANT & TOMATO)

The eggplant is made using the Off-Centered Circle Technique (or eccentric circles).  First, mount your Circle Sizer Ruler onto your cork or foam board with two pins as shown:

Roll a 16-inch (40 cm) strip of purple into a SIZE 1 hole on the Circle Sizer. Remove the coil, glue the paper’s end to the coil and place it back into the Circle Sizer.  Put the pin in the coil’s center, pull it off to the side and push the pin into the cork to hold it in place (left photo).  You can use tweezers to fix your coils so that they’re evenly spaced (center photo).  Spread glue near the pin where all of the edges are pressed together (right photo).  Let it dry.

For the leaves, fold a 2-inch (5 cm) strip in half.  At the fold, trim a leaf shape.  Separate or fan out the two leaves.

To make the eggplant, shape the off-centered circle into an oval.  Glue the leaves on top.  Roll a 2-inch (5 cm) strip of brown into a tight circle and glue on top.

The tomato is made like the eggplant.  Just use a 16-inch (40 cm) strip of red, add more leaves and a 2-inch brown stem.

5.) PEA POD

The pea is made by rolling two 6-inch (12.5 cm) strips of moss green into loose circles (SIZE 5 hole).  For the pod, fold a 4-inch (10 cm) strip of paper in half, then fold it in half again.

Glue the two peas together.  Shape and glue the pod around the peas.

6.) CARROT

Roll a 12-inch (30 cm) strip of orange into a loose circle (SIZE 2 hole).  For the leaves, roll two 2-inch (5 cm) strips into “V” scrolls.

Pinch the orange coil into a long triangle.  Glue one “V” scrolls inside the other and glue on top of the carrot.

Glue the veggies to your card!

Get your 5 servings a day! I guess I need one more…

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No tools? Try the vortex.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This entire butterfly was made with fingers…no rolling and no quilling tools!

The shape is call a “vortex coil”. A talented quiller, Licia Politis, from Australia invented this new shape!  It actually looks really cool when it’s done with a longer strip of paper (16 inches or longer), but I wanted to experiment with  graduated papers. Graduated papers are only 12 inches in length and they fade from white to a color.  I love the effect of this paper…but here’s my attempt with the vortex coil.

- 1/4-inch Graduated Paper (pink, purple, bright green)

- craft glue

- scissors

BUTTERFLY INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) The vortex coil is like making a wheatear or continuous loops. First, make a small loop.  Then make a slightly larger loop by wrapping the paper strip around the first loop.  Keep the loops close together and evenly spaced. When you get to the end of the paper strips, glue the paper’s end to the base (or point) of the wheatear and trim off any excess paper.

2.) Hold the base of the wheatear. Then push the round end inward.  Release the coils near the base and allow the coils to shift into the “vortex” shape.  You can play around with pinching and reshaping during this step!  (I’ll have to show you what it looks like with a longer or bigger wheatear in a future post! Shorter papers don’t show enough of the vortex shape.)

3.) Make 8 bright green, 4 purple and 4 pink vortex coils. Glue them into groups.

4.) Wrap a 12-inch purple strip around each groups.

5.) Make a body and an antenna.  Glue the pieces together.

Definitely a unique shape and I didn’t use a tool!

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ABC’s of quilling scrolls

ABC’s of quilling scrolls

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I just taught a group of kids how to quill alphabet letters to spell their name. Many of them said they were scared and nervous (complaining)  ”this looks way too hard!”. But, after I gave them these simple tricks, they totally changed their tone!  ”It’s sooooooo easy!” said a 8-year old…mission accomplished! It is. Hope you’ll try it!

So, here are some basics in rolling…

Quilled scrolls are different from making loose coils into teardrops or marquises. Instead, it’s a combination of rolling both ends of the paper and reshaping the coils with your fingers. Here are some examples:

For the letters “S” and “C”, I first rolled both ends of the paper toward the middle of the paper strip (the smaller “lowercase” letters). Then I unrolled the coils and re-rolled or shaped them to form the “uppercase” letters.

For the letter “R”, I broke up the letters into simple scrolls and basic quilled shapes (half circle).  Then I glued them together.

If you fold a paper strip in half and roll both ends, then you can create a bunch of different letters and shapes! Adding a dab of glue near the fold will hold shapes like the letter “Y” or “L”.

Here are a few pieces that I made (years ago) with different styles of quilled letters.

To learn more about quilling letters, check out the “Alphabet Letters” quilling kit!

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